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Vacancy: Researcher at Documents on Irish Foreign Policy

11 July 2022

Applications are invited for the fixed-term temporary position of Researcher at the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series to research, write and co-ordinate the publication of a number of outputs to mark the 50th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the European Union.


This post is being funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs as a partner of the Academy in the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series.

The Royal Irish Academy is a predominantly publicly funded institution established for the promotion of learning in the sciences and humanities across the island of Ireland. The Academy’s latest strategic plan for 2019–23 is available here

Key purpose of role

To research, write and co-ordinate the publication of a number of outputs to mark the 50th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the European Union.

Key accountabilities

The successful applicant will be required to:

  • Update the content of the existing EU40 exhibition into a new exhibition with associated booklet (similar to the previously published UN60 booklet)
  • Work with the chosen exhibition designer towards achieving the above goal
  • Research and write a number of new panels to be added to those of the existing exhibition to make a new exhibition
  • Source and obtain copies of photographs and documents suitable to illustrate the new panels
  • Undertake the necessary research in a variety of archives where the relevant historical source material is located
  • Manage and oversee the project in accordance with agreed timelines
  • Work under the direction of the Executive Editor of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy

Person specification

Essential criteria

  • A postgraduate degree in Modern Irish History or a relevant area
  • Evidence of publication-level research in a relevant area
  • Dissertation-level fluency and precision in written English
  • Willingness to learn new research skills and apply them
  • Proven working experience of primary source-based researching and writing on twentieth-century Irish history
  • Ability to solve problems with initiative, creativity and flexibility
  • Excellent time management skills and an ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Self-motivated and organised with the ability to motivate others
  • Ability to create a collegial atmosphere and take account of diverse views while accepting responsibility for decisions
  • Keen attention to detail and commitment to excellence in academic endeavour

Desirable qualifications

  • Experience of working with historical photographs for research purposes and demonstrable experience of proofreading skills would be an advantage
  • proven experience researching in the National Archives of Ireland on post-1945 government and departmental collections, in particular the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of the Department of the Taoiseach

Further Information

Salary: Salary is on the Post Doc Researcher Level 2 Scale €46,447 – 50,534 per annum pro rata for a six-month period. Candidates should note that entry will be at the minimum of the scale and the rate of remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with government pay policy. Candidates should note that different pay and conditions may apply if, immediately prior to appointment, the appointee is a serving civil or public servant.

Hours of Work: The normal hours of work are 35 hours per week.

Overtime is not paid in respect of excess attendance which, should it arise, is discharged by time off in lieu at times agreed in advance with the Executive Director.

This role is suitable for hybrid working.

Leave: The annual leave entitlement is 25 days per annum, pro-rata for shorter periods. Entitlement to leave for public holidays is in accordance with the terms of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997.  There is a requirement to take up to four days annual leave where the Academy is closed at Easter and Christmas.

Medical: Staff shall, if required, and at the expense of the Academy, submit to a medical examination by a registered medical practitioner nominated by the Academy and shall authorise such medical practitioner to disclose and to discuss with the Academy the results of the examination and the matters which arise from it so that the Academy can ascertain any matters that they consider might impair a staff member from properly discharging his/her duties.

Pension: Details of the appropriate pension scheme will be provided upon determination of appointee’s status.

Permanent Pension contribution: This appointment is subject to the Additional Superannuation Contribution (ASC) effective from 1 January 2019

Application Process

Completed applications consisting of one electronic copy (with all documents contained in one Word document) must be submitted to in the order as set out below:

  • A brief cover letter demonstrating how you meet the qualifications and experience for the position (max. 700 words)
  • A curriculum vitae summarising your qualifications and relevant experience (max. 4 pages)
  • one piece of research work that you have written to publishable standard that demonstrates the required qualities for this post. 

Applicants will be shortlisted based on information provided in their application. 

Please note: failure to fulfil the application requisites will deem the application invalid.

Closing date: 1 August 2022 at midnight. Late applications will not be considered.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held week commencing week 8 August 2022.

Please note this interview will include competency-based interview questions.

The Royal Irish Academy is an equal opportunities employer

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